Mitigations package to support your assessments 2020/21

Our mitigation package

You do not need to provide supporting evidence for COVID-19-related extenuating circumstances

You can use the extenuating circumstances process to tell us if your studies have been severely affected by COVID-19, or indeed by anything else. You need to tell us the reason, so that we can support you appropriately, but everything you do tell us will be treated in the strictest confidence and you will not need to provide supporting evidence. 

You can self-certify for 24-hour exams and you can defer your seven-day timed assessments by using the self-certification process

You can self-certify to defer 24-hour exams and seven-day timed assessments without providing supporting evidence. You will need to do this before you open the assessment. You should do this if you are unwell (either physically or mentally), or if there is some other serious situation which means that you cannot complete your assessment. If you become unwell during an assessment period then you should follow the normal extenuating circumstances process.

You will be expected to take the missed assessment(s) in the resit period in August 2021. Please be aware of the risks of delayed graduation or progression if you cannot sit, or do not pass, assessments in the August assessment period. We encourage you to use self-certification cautiously, given the unknowns of the rest of this year.

You can access a guaranteed one-week coursework extension on request, without evidence

You should provide a reason for your request, but you will not need to provide supporting evidence. You should weigh the benefits of your extension against the risk of it impacting your ongoing studies.

We will review the performance of student cohorts graduating this year against previous years unaffected by COVID-19

Your cohort's results will be considered against those of previous years. We will adjust the overall outcomes, if there is a big difference between your cohort's results and those of previous years. We will use this process to help ensure that the pattern of marks for this year's student cohorts is not negatively impacted by COVID-19.

We will re-evaluate the methods for classifying taught postgraduate Masters' degrees in 20/21

We are committed to finding a way to mitigate for the effects of COVID-19 on the classification of taught postgraduate Masters' degrees, to ensure that merits and distinctions are awarded fairly across our programmes. We need to develop a precise method for doing this to take account of the variety of structures in current provision, and we will be able to update you at the end of March.

If you have Alternative Exam Arrangements you can have two days extra time to take seven-day assessments

If you are already registered for Alternative Exam Arrangements (normally because of declared disabilities), you will automatically have nine rather than seven days to complete timed assessments. Find out more about Alternative Exam Arrangements in 2021.

Adapting our approach to delivering teaching, learning and assessments online

For 2020/21, your lecturers have adapted and designed learning for online delivery, with a clear focus of engaging you and developing your skills and knowledge through both synchronous and asynchronous teaching. Your lecturers have planned teaching and learning so that you can meet the learning outcomes of your course and are able to tackle and succeed in the assessments that are set.

Adapting our assessment approach and reducing assessment volume during the pandemic

Across the University, we have wherever possible already reduced assessment volumes. In particular, many programmes have minimised exams so that assessment during COVID-19 is more manageable for students. Many programmes have converted exams into seven-day timed assessments so that there is more time to prepare and complete the work.

Assessment support and extenuating circumstances

Find out more about assessment support for 2020/21

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